More Nuclear Material Removed From Livermore Lab
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has sent 80 percent of its highly secured "special nuclear material" to five other government sites, the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration said yesterday (see GSN, Oct. 1, 2009).
The material has been sent to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee, the Idaho National Laboratory and the Nevada National Security Site.
The deliveries were part of a U.S. effort begun four years ago to consolidate high-security nuclear material at the five facilities by 2012. Removal of the sensitive material from Lawrence Livermore is set to wrap up that year.
“The removal of 80 percent of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s highest security category nuclear material demonstrates continued progress and is the result of some very hard work,” NNSA Deputy Administrator Donald Cook said in a statement. “NNSA continues to make tremendous strides in transforming a Cold War nuclear weapons complex into a 21st century nuclear security enterprise that is smaller, safer, and more efficient. Safely and efficiently removing special nuclear material from Livermore by the end of 2012 is a major part of that effort” (U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration release I, Nov. 10).
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